Nothing new under the sun except, there is….

I have Sunchoke root stock for sale right now.

That’s never happened before! 🙂

Very limited amount.

$10 a pound plus postage.  If you happen to stumble across this post sometime in the future, don’t hesitate to reach out.  I anticipate I’ll have them for sale, again on a seasonal basis. (Also have walking onions, and chives for sale)

Three years ago, I planted a pound of Jerusalem Artichokes, (also called Sun chokes) , right behind my  wood chip pile.

Ever eat them?

Their texture (and taste) reminds me of water chestnuts.

We planted 20 acres of them one season when I was growing up.  That was an adventure/ story in and of itself.

I love the fact that I don’t have to do a darn thing with them.

They are perennials (come back year after year on their own).  I have them planted in a thick bed of wood chips so when it came time to dig a few  this week, all I did was start pulling away some of the wood chip and bingo…there they were:

These overwintered in the chips.

Did I mention they are good for you? 😉


“Sunchokes are the tuberous roots of a type of sunflower native to North America. Originally cultivated by Native Americans as a food source, the tubers are popular in Europe as a vegetable. With a nutty, slightly sweet flavor, sunchokes are delicious eaten raw or lightly cooked in salads, and can also be baked, sautéed, or pureed in soups.

A good source of iron, potassium and thiamin, sun-chokes are low in calories and high in fiber. The primary carbohydrate they contain is inulin, which has little effect on blood sugar and is therefore beneficial for diabetes or pre-diabetes.

In my opinion, though, the most valuable attribute of sun-chokes is that they are an exceptional prebiotic. The health benefits of probiotics are well publicized, but it’s only recently that the importance of prebiotics has been recognized.

A prebiotic is a type of nondigestible fiber found in specific foods such as sun-chokes, artichokes, asparagus, garlic, onions, chicory root, burdock root, dandelion root, plantain bananas, whole wheat, rye, and barley. Prebiotic foods encourage the growth and activity of beneficial microbes in the intestinal tract, thereby promoting overall good health.” 

If you’re interested, you can read more here.


Are there any other gardeners out there this morning?

How about heavy mulching gardener types? (Ruth Stout/ Back to Eden), etc.

Anybody else (besides me) decide to make your garden a little bigger this years?

What are your favorite things to grow and why?


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5 Responses to Nothing new under the sun except, there is….

  1. Were having another go this year Doug. Looks like we had a bum packet of tomato seeds though. Time will tell.

  2. Jon says:

    Interesting! Never heard of them before. Uncovered the raised strawberry beds today.

  3. paulsprepping says:

    Oh my aching back.
    The greenhouse is up, the clay someone called earth dug out, seeds planted, see SWMBO contribution, but at least the onions are doing well.
    As for anything bigger? Let me see.
    A 8 x 6 greenhouse took me 3 weeks to dig out, mulch, compost, and bag FOUR large fertilizer sacks of stones, a rock hard 25kg bag of cement, and loads of builders waste.
    It then took me two weeks to be able to stand tall again.
    Apart from the green bean wigwams I’m going to dig into a 4 times a one liter sized ‘golf hole’ of a garden bed?
    Nope. At least not while there is a ‘Y’ in the day. 😉

    • DM says:

      that was a workout! Wow. How’s the back 9 days later?

      • paulsprepping says:

        That’s straightened, now I’ll start working on my knackered legs 🙂
        No, seriously, Dihydrocodeine and me are old friends and enough of them in one hit and I feel NOTHING! (from the neck down) 😉

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